Hostwinds

Hostwinds

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9.2/10 (Expert Score)
Product is rated as #7 in category Hosting
Features
9.5
Performance
9.5
Uptime
9
Support
8.5
Pricing
9.5
PROS:
  • Highly reliable load times and free SSL certificates.
  • Availability of the latest version of cPanel.
  • Wide range of plans to adapt to the needs of your web project.
  • Business-oriented plans for business users.
  • Intuitive tools like Weebly’s website generator and Softaculous Auto-Installer to quickly customize your website.
  • Free website migrations.
  • Excellent customer service
CONS:
  • On-site information/support might be easier for beginners.
  • The European data centre in Amsterdam should improve security aspects.
  • Running times and response times could be better.
  • The purchase process could be simpler and more user-friendly.

Hostwinds was founded in 2010 by Peter Holden, just 20 years old, in the city of Seattle, Washington, which makes it a very young hosting company.

It offers a variety of hosting services, including affordable shared hosting, Linux and Windows VPS hosting, dedicated and cloud hosting, at very attractive prices.

Hostwinds is not super famous for some people. Even among people who are familiar with the world of hosting. But the further you get into the world of hosting, you find that Hostwinds has a strong reputation.

Is quickly reaching its larger counterparts by offering enterprise-grade web hosting services at a price that is affordable for small businesses.

After review and testing we can see that Hostwinds provides excellent services that meet a wide range of needs and experiences.

For clients who need a great hosting service for their website, Hostwinds hosting can be a good partner.

Using Weebly’s website builder beginners with little programming experience can create beautiful sites. Also with the Softaculous 1-click installer you can add to your site a number of functions such as shopping carts and CMS.

Experts have access to a complete collection of tools that make backend customization incredibly easy, such as multiple versions of PHP and unlimited MySql databases.

For experts and beginners alike, the plans offered by Hostwinds are well suited. In addition to the abundant features and tools that come with each plan, access to a helpful support team and constant reliability position Hostwinds as a web hosting service to consider.


Pricing, Hosting Plans

Available Plans:

  • Shared Web Hosting
  • Business Web Hosting
  • Reseller Web Hosting
  • Fully Managed Linux VPS Hosting
  • Unmanaged Linux VPS Hosting
  • Fully Managed Windows VPS
  • Unmanaged Windows VPS Hosting
  • Cloud Server Hosting
  • Dedicated Servers

Plan NameDomainsSpaceBandwidthPanelSSL CertificatePromo PriceRegular PriceDetails
Basic1Unlimited SSDUnlimitedcPanelFree$3.29$8.99Visit
Advanced4Unlimited SSDUnlimitedcPanelFree$4.23$10.99Visit
UltimateUnlimitedUnlimited SSDUnlimitedcPanelFree$5.17$12.99Visit

Plan NameDomainsSpaceBandwidthPanelSSL CertificatePromo PriceRegular PriceDetails
Basic1Unlimited SSDUnlimitedcPanelFree$5.64$13.99Visit
Advanced4Unlimited SSDUnlimitedcPanelFree$6.58$15.99Visit
UltimateUnlimitedUnlimited SSDUnlimitedcPanelFree$7.99$18.99Visit

Plan NameDomainsSpaceBandwidthPanelSSL CertificatePromo PriceRegular PriceDetails
Basic1Unlimited SSDUnlimitedcPanelFree$3.29$8.99Visit
Advanced4Unlimited SSDUnlimitedcPanelFree$4.23$10.99Visit
UltimateUnlimitedUnlimited SSDUnlimitedcPanelFree$5.17$12.99Visit

CPURAMSpaceBandwidthPromo PriceDetails
11 GB30 GB1 TB$5.17/moVisit
12 GB50 GB2 TB$10.34/moVisit
24 GB75 GB2 TB$18.80/moVisit
26 GB100 GB2 TB$23.97/moVisit
48 GB150 GB3 TB$37.60/moVisit
412 GB200 GB4 TB$47.00/moVisit
616 GB300 GB5 TB$69.09/moVisit
832 GB400 GB6 TB$105.75/moVisit
1264 GB500 GB8 TB$172.02/moVisit
1696 GB750 GB9 TB$247.69/moVisit

CPURAMSpaceBandwidthPromo PriceDetails
11 GB30 GB1 TB$4.49/moVisit
12 GB50 GB2 TB$8.99/moVisit
24 GB75 GB2 TB$17.09/moVisit
26 GB100 GB2 TB$26.09/moVisit
48 GB150 GB3 TB$35.09/moVisit
412 GB200 GB4 TB$44.99/moVisit
616 GB300 GB5 TB$69.29/moVisit
832 GB400 GB6 TB$112.49/moVisit
1264 GB500 GB8 TB$193.49/moVisit
1696 GB750 GB9 TB$296.09/moVisit

CPURAMSpaceBandwidthPromo PriceDetails
11 GB30 GB1 TB$7.99/moVisit
12 GB50 GB2 TB$13.16/moVisit
24 GB75 GB2 TB$21.62/moVisit
26 GB100 GB2 TB$26.79/moVisit
48 GB150 GB3 TB$43.24/moVisit
412 GB200 GB4 TB$52.64/moVisit
616 GB300 GB5 TB $77.55/mo Visit
832 GB400 GB6 TB $117.03/mo Visit
1264 GB500 GB8 TB $188.94/mo Visit
1696 GB750 GB9 TB $270.25/mo Visit

CPURAMSpaceBandwidthPromo PriceDetails
11 GB30 GB1 TB$9.89/moVisit
12 GB50 GB2 TB $14.39/mo Visit
24 GB75 GB2 TB $22.49/mo Visit
26 GB100 GB2 TB $31.49/mo Visit
48 GB150 GB3 TB$45.89/moVisit
412 GB200 GB4 TB $55.79/mo Visit
616 GB300 GB5 TB $85.49/mo Visit
832 GB400 GB6 TB $134.09/mo Visit
1264 GB500 GB8 TB $225.89/mo Visit
1696 GB750 GB9 TB $339.29/mo Visit

CPURAMSpaceBandwidthPriceDetails
11 GB30 GB1 TB$0.006931/hrVisit
12 GB50 GB2 TB $0.013875/hr Visit
24 GB75 GB2 TB $0.026375/hr Visit
26 GB100 GB2 TB $0.040264/hr Visit
48 GB150 GB3 TB$0.054153/hrVisit
412 GB200 GB4 TB$0.069431/hrVisit
616 GB300 GB5 TB $0.106931/hr Visit
832 GB400 GB6 TB $0.173597/hr Visit
1264 GB500 GB8 TB $0.298597/hr Visit
1696 GB750 GB9 TB $0.456931/hr Visit

Fully Managed, Dedicated Resources, Full Control.

  • 1 Gbps Ports
  • Fully Managed
  • Nightly Backups Available
  • 24/7 Tech Support

All Hostwinds dedicated servers come with a plethora of tools that will make your life easier. Dedicated hosting plans are customizable. You can choose the ram, the operating system, the number of processors.

Cancellation and Refunds

Canceling your account as a Hostwinds customer is easy, you need to follow a few steps first like logging into the control panel first to start the process and submit the cancellation form.
If you are within the money back guarantee period and want a refund, and even once the cancellation ticket has been created, it will not be processed until you copy and paste the previously prepared bold statement.


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Features

Standard and simple control panel

Hostwinds uses cPanel, which is common in the market for hosting companies. Besides allowing you to easily set up email accounts, FTP users, new subdomains, redirects and much more, cPanel is the best known in the market, this allows you to find many user guides that will help you if you get stuck.

It comes fully equipped with tools like Softaculous Auto-Installer, which allows you to install open source software like WordPress, PrestaShop, Joomla, and more with just a few clicks.

Wide range of options and features

Hostwinds offers acceptable features, ranging from self-installers to free SSL certificates and unlimited FTP accounts despite being a comparatively inexpensive website. Most options are standard, including the latest version of cPanel, and it also has unlimited email accounts, subdomains, MySQL databases, and more.

It also offers free domain name and instant setup so you can get started as soon as you open an account.

Smooth website transfers

HostWind’s team of experts can transfer your website at no additional cost. Sometimes migrating a website to a new provider can be daunting. HostWind’s staff takes care of everything and will make sure that your website works properly in your new service. This process is fast, efficient and stress free.
CDN easy to set up

Hostwinds offers a free content delivery network (CDN) that is designed to help you maintain faster load speeds and avoid downtime. Using standard cPanel, with very little effort you can install the free CDN and it’s a good feature that cheap hosts don’t usually provide.
Protection of your servers and data

Advanced configuration processes through the company’s Windshield service begin with a systematic safety assessment to identify areas for improvement. A firewall and server hardening system further reduce your vulnerability.

Hostwinds includes installation of private SSL certificates. Customers looking to improve the credibility and reliability of their brand can choose to protect their site with 256-bit encryption for one to three years at a time.
Hostwinds has a virtual private network that eliminates the risks associated with third-party tracking and identity theft. It also has a secure connection across multiple devices through one easy-to-use application.
Optional backups

Hostwinds does not have default backups, but you can pay a little more so the company can make nightly backups on your behalf. Night backups are quite affordable and easy to set up, but of course it’s still a good idea to back up yourself.


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Performance

We performed a speed test using the Bitcatcha service using a very small demonstration web page and a slightly more complicated one and the response speed of the server was very good.

In the case of the London and Bangalore servers it could improve, but after observing all the Hostwinds values in general are really good. The company does quite well, keeping most of the global response times required by Google.

March 2020

US (W) US (E) London Singapore Sao Paulo
34 ms 32 ms 228 ms 215 ms 135 ms
Bangalore Sydney Japan Performance
331 ms 176 ms 145 ms A+


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Uptime

Over a period of 6 months we tested the reliability of Hostwinds to determine how much downtime and service interruptions they experience on average. We were able to determine that although the service does not always reach 99.999% of the uptime it promises, they offer very good times, better than the standard 99.9%.

Their load times are excellent thanks to a combination of SSD storage, Cloudflare CDN. Hostwinds is well below the recommended load time of Google, 2s and is fast enough to keep customers engaged and happy with the site.

Latest Uptime Stats

  • February 2020 – 99.99%.
  • January 2019 – 99,98%.
  • November 2019 – 100%.
  • October 2019 – 100%.
  • September 2019 – 99.93%.
  • August 2019 – 99.97%.


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Customer Support

Hostwinds has a good range of 24/7 support options, has a trained support team that keeps their eyes on the servers at all times, although not all departments in the area work 24/7, in our case, we require talk to billing support and their hours are only 8:00 AM PST – 6:00 PM PST.

As for live chat support, is very good, response times are fast and the chat is proactive. This means that you can be received by a live chat agent without having to specifically request it. It’s a good way to clear up any confusion the purchase may give you.

We try telephone support, it is also courteous, friendly and understanding with the query presented. The person who served us (Sarah) helped us with what was possible. Hostwinds really has good phone support.

We also sent a request regarding the installation of WordPress through ticket support, and the response took some time to arrive but overall it was very good and we were able to solve the problem presented. On the other hand, a problem related to the code may require several answers to be solved. Bearing in mind that the response times of the entries are up to 12 hours depending on the type of query or problem.

In general Hostwinds is a service provider focused on the company that has invested a lot in its technical support department so that its customers can receive the help and customer service to which they are accustomed.

Specification: Hostwinds

Available Services

Shared Hosting
Business Hosting
Reseller Hosting
Managed Linux VPS
Unmanaged Linux VPS
Managed Windows VPS
Unmanaged Windows VPS
Cloud Hosting
Dedicated Servers

Data Centers

Amsterdam (NL), Dallas, TX (USA), Seattle, WA (USA)

Bandwidth

Unlimited with Shared, Business and Reseller plans

Disk Space

Unlimited with Shared, Business and Reseller plans

Unlimited Website

Available with selected Hosting Plans

Uptime

99.99%

Free Site Migration

Yes

Free Domain

Yes

Linux Hosting

Yes

Windows Hosting

Yes

Domain Hosting

Yes

Dedicated IP

Yes

SSL Support

Free Let’s Encrypt SSL

Control Panel

cPanel (Linux Hosting)

One Click Installation

Softaculous

Website Builder

Weebly

Security Features

Brute-force Protection, DDoS Protection, SSL

Backups

Daily, Monthly, Weekly

Performance Tools

LiteSpeed, SSD drives

Money Back Guarantee

60 days

24-7-365 Support

Yes

Support Type

Knowledge Base, Live Chat, Phone Support, Ticket System

Payment Options

American Express, Bitcoin, Discover, MasterCard, PayPal, Skrill, Visa

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